Before you start your trip into the wide wilderness of Kenya, it is worth to start your trip in Nairobi the capital city of our beautiful land.
Nairobi City Center.
Nairobi has the modern technology city Centre, shopping areas, parliament buildings, the National Museum, and the Snake Park. Restaurants serve almost every kind of food, from local dishes to the most exotic ones. Curries from India and Pakistan are very popular.
A raised wooden platform offers a uniquely sticky encounter with the long tongues of a Rothschild’s giraffe as it takes cereal pellets from your hand.
Across the road, but still part of the center, is a small path of the forest through which you can take a 1km forest walk among beautiful birds, butterflies, and warthogs.
Southwest of central Nairobi, the giraffe center is signposted from Lan’gata south road. The giraffe manor Hotel is Africa’s pride of international celebrity.
Its founders Jock and Betty Leslie Melville rescued a baby giraffe named Daisy from a heavily poached area of western Kenya in 1974.
Other animals include the tortoise, warthog and a parrot, the only place in the world where you can enjoy the breathtaking experience of feeding and photographing the giraffe over the breakfast table and at the front door.
Karen Blixen Museum.
“I had a farm in Africa” who does not know the outstanding film with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford? The story is based on the true experiences of Karen Blixen.
Karen Blixen Museum was once the centerpiece of a farm at the foot of the Ngong hills owned by Danish Author Karen and her Swedish Husband Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke.
Located 10 km from the city center, the Museum belongs to a different time period in the history of Kenya. The farmhouse gained international fame with the release of the movie Out of Africa an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s autobiography by the same title.
The Museum is open to the public every day from 8.30 am to 5 pm including weekends and public holidays. Guided tours are offered every day.
The building was built in 1912 by Swedish engineer Ake Sjogren. Karen and her husband bought the Museum house in 1917 and it becomes the farmhouse for their 4500 acre farm, of which 600 acres was used for coffee farming.
Their marriage failed after eight years and in 1921 the Baron moved on and left the running of the farm to Karen. Karen lived at the house until her return to Denmark in 1931.
The house was sporadically occupied until purchased in 1964 by the Danish government and given to the Kenyan government as an independence gift.
Dalphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
The Sheldrick Trust is an elephant orphanage where you come close to elephant calves. The foundation rehabilitates baby elephants and rhinos and is located just outside the Nairobi national park.
The Dalphne Sheldrick wildlife trust is a charity, established in memory of her as a naturalist and David Shedrick founder warden of Kenya’s giant tsavo east national park in which he served from 1948 until 1976.
Since its inception in 1977, the trust has played an extremely significant and important role in Kenya’s conservation effort. Dr. Dame Dalphne Sheldrick along with six trustees assisted by an advisory committee of practical naturalists with a lifetime experience of African conditions oversee and direct operations of the trust.
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